Category Archives: John Bowman’s Steamboat Models

SISTERSVILLE FERRYBOAT HISTORY by John Bowman

SISTERSVILLE FERRYBOAT HISTORY by John Bowman The Ohio Historical Highway Marker at the Fly Landing tells us that the Sistersville Ferry was in operation in 1815, other local histories tell us the Sistersville1 ferry was established in 1817. This we know for sure, January 28, 1818 the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act granting […]

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NORTH STAR DIESEL TOWBOAT built in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1956 by John Bowman

NORTH STAR was built by YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Jack and Pluckebaum, Arthur) in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia in 1956 as a steel-hulled single prop Diesel towboat with a General Motors 6-71 250 hp diesel engine for the North Star Transfer Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she was completed. Length 50’ width 12’. NORTH […]

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BLOCH BROS. “MAIL POUCH” CHEWING TOBACCO

BLOCH BROTHERS TOBACCO COMPANY by John Bowman MAIL POUCH CHEWING TOBACCO and BLOCH BROTHERS TOBACCO COMPANY dates from 1879, when Samuel S. Bloch and Aaron Bloch started their business with ten women at 1501-1503 Main Street in Wheeling, West Virginia. The tobacco business amounted to a group of women rolling cigars on the second floor […]

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CROCKARD & BOOTH STEAMBOAT AGENTS WHARFBOAT

CROCKARD & BOOTH STEAMBOAT AGENTS WHEELING WHARF BOAT Authentic scale model by John Bowman This Crockard & Booth Steamboat Agents wharf boat was built at Murraysville, West Virginia and delivered to John Crockard and Captain John K. Booth in 1889. The floating warehouse was purchased to replace “Booth’s Old Reliable” which had been in service […]

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WEST WHEELING FERRYBOAT

WEST WHEELING FERRY Model by John Bowman The side-wheel ferryboat “West Wheeling” was built at the McNaughton & Dunlevy Yard at West Wheeling, Ohio in 1860. Rebuilt many times, she served the Wheeling area off and on for thirty-five years into 1895. Phillips & Co. of Wheeling built her double boiler steam machinery. Here, she […]

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HOMER SMITH EXCURSION STEAMBOAT 1914-1928

HOMER SMITH Excursion Steamboat of POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA Authentic Scale Model Replica of the Stern-Wheel Excursion Steamboat Homer Smith 1914-1928 Model by John Bowman 2009 The Stern-wheel packet-excursion steamboat Homer Smith was built by the Howard Shipyard at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1914. Her wood hull measured 235 feet in length and her width was […]

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BERYL FERRYBOAT and FERRY FLAT

BERYL FERRYBOAT and FERRY FLAT Clarington, Ohio Authentic Scale Model Replica of the Ferryboat Beryl and Ferry flat Designed and Built 2011 by John Bowman The gas-powered ferryboat Beryl was built in 1925 at Clarington, Ohio by Cook Bros. & Thomas (Charles Cook, Arthur Cook and Elmer Thomas) Boat Builders for John Marion Jackson of […]

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CLARINGTON OHIO WHARFBOAT

CLARINGTON, OHIO WHARFBOAT This circa 1860s Scale Model Clarington, Ohio wharfboat Model by John Bowman 2011. Clarington’s Wharf Boat supplied Clarington, the Upper Ohio Valley and Wheeling with much of its daily needs. The wharf boat at Clarington was always filled with butter, milk and eggs from the Sunfish Valley and cheeses from dairy farms […]

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Admiral Porter’s 1863 Civil War Gunboat Hoax

Admiral Porter’s 1863 Civil War Gunboat Hoax “Deluded People, Cave In.” Model by John Bowman Admiral Porter had observed that many of Vicksburg’s battery guns would burst while firing on his vessels. Logically, Porter deduced, the more vessels he could send past the batteries, the more guns would burst. February 24th, 1863, Porter launched his […]

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BELLAIRE TOWBOAT

BELLAIRE TOWBOAT Authentic Scale Model Replica by John Bowman The 127.3’ x 24.2’ x 3.6’ shallow-draft, stern-wheel packet Bellaire was built at the Harmar, Ohio Knox Yard in 1887. W.F. Robertson & Co. of Marietta, Ohio built her machinery. She was built for Capt. James S. McDonald to run in the Bellaire-Wheeling trade. In 1890, […]

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